Sea turtles can live to be over 50 years old; however, they have a very low survival rate. Only about one in 1,000 babies will live to have hatchlings of their own. Many sea turtle populations are declining. The existing seven species face different dangers, both on our Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach nesting areas and in the ocean. Some of the threats this endangered species encounters in North Carolina include but are not limited to:
- Development and heavy traffic on beaches (that’s us!) that can disturb adults or destroy incubating eggs.
- Indirect capture by our fishermen in nets, which can lead to injury or death.
- Accidental collisions with our boaters’ vessels.
- Beach clean-up and re-nourishment activities that can uncover or compact sea turtle nests.
- Our litter! General ocean pollution hurts these beautiful creatures when they return to the crystal blue waters of our coast.
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